It’s not just Teslas that are . . . hot.
A Porsche electric car has also gone up in smoke. And – interestingly – without hitting anything. Or even moving.
The all-electric Taycan was parked at a residential address – ostensibly, to recharge its 800 volt battery pack- when it burst into flames, extensively damaging the building’s structure and exposing parts of the vehicle’s frame, according to news reports.
Calvin Kim, a Porsche spokesman, told the industry trade journal Automotive News that the automaker was made aware of the incident on Feb. 16.
“We are investigating, and we remain ready to assist if called upon,” Kim said. “We are relieved to hear that no one was harmed in this incident and that it’s too early to speculate on the cause until the investigation has concluded.”
The Taycan’s batteries operate at twice the voltage of most electric cars – for the sake of high-performance. High-voltage EV batteries have already demonstrated their fire-proneness in Tesla electric cars – which operate at around 400 volts. Many have assumed that the problem with auto-immolating Teslas had to do with shoddy design rather than the very high voltage.
Now we have twice the voltage . . . and another fire.
Maybe these EVs ought to come standard with Hershey bars, marshmallows and graham crackers .
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